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Shigeru Ban's "Kooky" Architecture: Just What the World Needs?

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
Shigeru Ban's "Kooky" Architecture: Just What the World Needs?, Workers in Chengdu, China, assemble the Hualin Temporary Elementary School, designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Image Courtesy of Forgemind ArchiMedia
Workers in Chengdu, China, assemble the Hualin Temporary Elementary School, designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Image Courtesy of Forgemind ArchiMedia

British writer Tim Abrahams finds Shigeru Ban's architecture "kooky, Middle Earthy, Hobbity" – an opinion which earns him the title of "idiot" in the eyes of newly appointed Architecture for Humanity Executive Director Eric Cesal. In an article for the Boston Review, Stephen Phelan uses the pair's opposing opinions to illustrate the Pritzker Prize winning architect's perceived failures and successes. Read his very engaging take, here.

Live from Amsterdam: Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony with Shigeru Ban

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
Live from Amsterdam: Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony with Shigeru Ban

The 2014 Pritzker Prize Ceremony to honor laureate Shigeru Ban is taking place today in Amsterdam at 17:00 UCT.

The Pritzker-Profit Connection: Shigeru Ban's Works Gaining Value in NYC

00:00 - 9 April, 2014
The Pritzker-Profit Connection: Shigeru Ban's Works Gaining Value in NYC, Metal Shutter Houses / Shigeru Ban Architects. Image © Michael Moran
Metal Shutter Houses / Shigeru Ban Architects. Image © Michael Moran

A recent article from The New York Times confirms something we've all long-suspected. A Pritzker translates into big bucks. Demand for Shigeru Ban's Manhattan buildings has soared since his awarding of the prize. The New York Times reports that page views of the Metal Shutter Houses, for example, have quadrupled on the listings site Streeteasy.com. Why? The Pritzker name carries weight:

Jury Member Juhani Pallasmaa On Finding Less "Obvious" Pritzker Laureates

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
Jury Member Juhani Pallasmaa On Finding Less "Obvious" Pritzker Laureates

Last week, while the ArchDaily team was in Mexico City for the Mextrópoli Conference, we caught up with Pritzker Jury member Juhani Pallasmaa and asked him to shed some light onto the recent winners of one of architecture's highest honors. Watch Pallasmaa, a renowned Finnish architect and professor, explain what motivates his approach for recognizing architects in a world with "so much publicity."

The Pritzker Prize: Making Architects "Starchitects" Since 1979 (But at What Cost?)

00:00 - 27 March, 2014
The Pritzker Prize: Making Architects "Starchitects" Since 1979 (But at What Cost?), Architecture's Highest Honor. Top Left to Right: Rafael Moneo (1996) Image © Lee Salem; PeterZumthor (2009); Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (2001) Image © Rex Stucky; Rem Koolhaas (2000) Image © Zoog.
Architecture's Highest Honor. Top Left to Right: Rafael Moneo (1996) Image © Lee Salem; PeterZumthor (2009); Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (2001) Image © Rex Stucky; Rem Koolhaas (2000) Image © Zoog.

The coveted title “Pritzker Prize Laureate” is more or less synonymous today with the label “star-architect,” a term I loathe and that most of those described as such will probably find irritating and embarrassing. And for good reason. Stardom in the sense of celebrity does not help the cause of architecture. Wang Shu’s wife, Lu Wenyu, said as much when she asked not to be named as co-laureate with her husband. In an interview with El Pais, she remarked, “I’m happy to be able to do architecture that I believe helps our towns and cities to be better. I’m convinced that to talk about this awakens interest in others – not being famous.”

VIDEO: Charlie Rose Interviews Tom Pritzker and Shigeru Ban

00:00 - 26 March, 2014
VIDEO: Charlie Rose Interviews Tom Pritzker and Shigeru Ban

Charlie Rose sits down with Tom Pritzker and 2014 Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban to discuss the importance of architecture, the purpose of the Prize and the significance of Ban’s selection. The discussion starts at 40:00, following coverage on the Malaysian Airline’s tragedy.

Pritzker Juror Alejandro Aravena on Shigeru Ban: Virtuousity in Service of Our Most Urgent Challenges

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Pritzker Juror Alejandro Aravena on Shigeru Ban: Virtuousity in Service of Our Most Urgent Challenges

The following is Alejandro Aravena's response to the Shigeru Ban's Pritzker win. Aravena is the executive director of the firm ELEMENTAL S.A and a member of the Pritzker Jury who selected Ban as this year's Pritzker Laureate.

AD Interviews: Shigeru Ban, 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
AD Interviews: Shigeru Ban, 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate

Last week we had the opportunity to interview this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Shigeru Ban, within his Metal Shutters Houses in New York City. The Japanese architect, who was a member of the Pritzker jury from 2006-2009, gave us his thoughtful, humble response to receiving architecture's most prestigious prize, saying the win is an "encouragement for me to continue working to make great architecture as well as working in disaster areas."

From #Baffled to #BanstheMan! Twitterverse Reacts to Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Win

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
From #Baffled to #BanstheMan! Twitterverse Reacts to Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Win

We culled the Twitterverse looking for reactions to Shigeru Ban's Prizker win - from readers and critics alike. While the responses were generally positive, some were less so. 

Critics and Peers Comment on Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Prize

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Critics and Peers Comment on Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Prize

Yesterday we asked some prominent critics and a few of Ban's peers to weigh in on the Japanese architect's Pritzker win. Curators, architects, and writers praised Ban's approach and conviction, describing what Ban's work signifies to the architecture community. Read on for comments from Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair, MoMA curators Barry Bergdoll and Pedro Gadanho, Cooper Union classmates Nanako Umemoto and Jesse Reiser, of Reiser + Umemototo, and more.

Infographic: The Pritzker Prize 1979 - 2015

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Infographic: The Pritzker Prize 1979 - 2015

Last week, Frei Otto was announced as the 40th recipient of the Pritzker Prize, the latest in a long line of talented architects (as well as the first architect to ever receive the Prize posthumously). Learn more about the Prize and its winners after the break!

Shigeru Ban Named Pritzker Laureate for 2014

00:00 - 24 March, 2014
Shigeru Ban Named Pritzker Laureate for 2014, Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects
Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects

“Shigeru Ban is a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism. Where others may see insurmountable challenges, Ban sees a call to action. Where others might take a tested path, he sees the opportunity to innovate. He is a committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generation, but also an inspiration.” -- Pritzker Jury 2014

15 Things You Didn't Know About Shigeru Ban

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
15 Things You Didn't Know About Shigeru Ban, Left, Image of Shigeru Ban © Flickr User VisiOkrOniK. Right, from top to bottom, Ban's Temporary Paper Studio (© Didier Boy de la Tour), the Japan Pavilion for the Hanover Exhibition 2000 (© Hiroyuki Hirai), and his design for 'Architecture for Dogs' (© Hiroshi Yoda). Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Left, Image of Shigeru Ban © Flickr User VisiOkrOniK. Right, from top to bottom, Ban's Temporary Paper Studio (© Didier Boy de la Tour), the Japan Pavilion for the Hanover Exhibition 2000 (© Hiroyuki Hirai), and his design for 'Architecture for Dogs' (© Hiroshi Yoda). Used under Creative Commons

You probably know by now that Shigeru Ban has won this year's Pritzker Prize, but did you know he almost went to university to play rugby? Or that he constructed his home without pulling down a single tree? These and many more fun facts on the 38th Pritzker laureate, after the break.

A Selection of Shigeru Ban's Best Work

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
A Selection of Shigeru Ban's Best Work, Nine Bridges Golf Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai
Nine Bridges Golf Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai

Explore the architectural development of Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban - from his early, more minimalist residential work in the 90s to his experimental, undulating structures (2010's Pompidou Metz, Nine Bridges Golf Club) to his latest masterpiece in timber construction, Tamedia New Office Building (2013).

The Humanitarian Works of Shigeru Ban

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
The Humanitarian Works of Shigeru Ban, Cardboard Cathedral. Image © Stephen Goodenough
Cardboard Cathedral. Image © Stephen Goodenough

Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban may be as well known for his innovative use of materials as for his compassionate approach to design. For a little over three decades, Ban, the founder of the Voluntary Architects Network, has applied his extensive knowledge of recyclable materials, particularly paper and cardboard, to constructing high-quality, low-cost shelters for victims of disaster across the world - from Rwanda, to Haiti, to Turkey, Japan, and more. We've rounded up images of Ban's humanitarian work - get inspired after the break.

2014 Pritzker Prize to be Announced March 24th

00:00 - 7 March, 2014
2014 Pritzker Prize to be Announced March 24th

We've just learned that the Pritzker Prize will be announced on Monday, March 24 at 5pm EDT. This prize -- architecture's most prestigious -- has been awarded annually since 1979. Past winners include Philip Johnson, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer and Norman Foster (full list). You can see ArchDaily's coverage of the prize here. Stay tuned for the latest updates on this year's winner. Who do you think deserves to win?

Common Sense in Sustainable Architecture

00:00 - 23 January, 2014
Common Sense in Sustainable Architecture, Elemental ultimately developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the other half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Photo: Elemental.
Elemental ultimately developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the other half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Photo: Elemental.

There are very few sceptics who would question the importance of increasing sustainability in architecture. The enhanced social value through better living conditions, physical value in a healthier and less-polluted environment, long-term monetary value via reduced operating and maintenance costs, and ethical value through fairness to future generations are self-evident.

Wang Shu's Partner Lu Wenyu: I Never Wanted a Pritzker

00:00 - 6 January, 2014
Wang Shu's Partner Lu Wenyu: I Never Wanted a Pritzker, Courtesy of www.ilgiornaledellarchitettura.com
Courtesy of www.ilgiornaledellarchitettura.com

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El País, Lu Wenyu defends her husband Wang Shu for solely receiving the Pritzker Prize in 2012. Despite the fact that the couple co-founded Amateur Architecture Studio and have worked side by side ever since, Wengyu maintains that her husband would have shared the Prize with her - she just didn't want it.